In the Arab States, economic growth declined significantly from 5.5 per cent in 2008 to 3.3 per cent in 2009. With regards to education, the 2009 EFA Global Monitoring Report indicates that remarkable gains have been registered in the region, but the goals are a long way from being fulfilled.
UNESCO has conducted six studies in Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Qatar, Sudan and Yemen to examine the implications of the crisis on education, particularly with respect to financing education. On the basis of the responses, the overall picture is mixed. Yemen, Lebanon and Egypt are expecting increases in public expenditure on education, measured in US$ terms, whereas cuts in public expenditure on education are expected in Jordan and Sudan.
Back to top